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Marseille to Avignon

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Marseille to Avignon

We're on a cruise that takes us to Marseille on a Sunday. We'd really like to go to Avignon to see the Palais de Papes. Various guide books make it seem easy enough to do, but as we'd rather not miss the ship, we thought we'd see if anyone has done the trip and has any advice.

It appears that we can take a TGV train from Gare Saint-Charles in Marseille in about 40 minutes, hop on a shuttle into City Center, and from their make it to the Palais. (I should mention here that neither of us speaks any French, which could slow us down a bit.)

The ship arrives first thing in the morning, and leaves at 6:00. We're figuring on about a 4 hour round trip from Marseille to Avignon, which should leave us with 3 or so hours at the Palais or walking around Avignon. Longer if the trains, etc. work out favorably.

Any advice will be appreciated.

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1. Re: Marseille to Avignon

Queasy....sounds like you have got it figured out. You will also need a shuttle bus from your ship into the Marseille city centre. I don't cruise, so you might get some help with that on cruisecritic.com.

Avignon will be pretty quiet on your Sunday visit....but the Palais des Papes will be open.

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2. Re: Marseille to Avignon

If you are coming this Sunday 14th July, Avignon will be mad but fun. The Theatre Festival is going on so expect the city to be full packed. The main street will be closed for traffic and pedestrian. The festival ends on July 31st and sundays are always busier than week days with locals going to the festival (this year 1258 shows in the Off Festival)

I love it...

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3. Re: Marseille to Avignon

Look at www.voyages-sncf.com for train information. Trains to Avignon TGV are faster point to point, but trains to Avignon Centre take you right to the city gates avoiding the shuttle bus so in that respect gain over the TGV. Make your choice according to the schedules.

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4. Re: Marseille to Avignon

Train information is posted 3 months before travel date.

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